Breakers Squeak By Carmel


Photo credits to David Royal

Written by Eli Swanson, Sports Editor

Brad Sendell dropped 24 points, Zack Miller assumed his role as a vacuum in the paint, and Pacific Grove maintained their unbeaten MTAL record in squeaking by its bitter rivals from Carmel by a score of 47-37.


In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, the Breakers maintained control despite facing foul trouble in the 4th quarter.


Up two with 3:28 remaining in the 4th, Sendell hit a three and was fouled simultaneously. Although Sendell missed the free throw, the Breakers’ Chip Wagner somehow managed to wrestle the ball loose and give PG an extra possession.


A miss from Junior forward Zack Miller seemed as if it would give the ball back to Carmel, but a travel call against the Padres gave the Breakers the ball back once again. Miller capped that free possession by dunking over two Carmel defenders to give Pacific Grove a 42-35 lead.


The Padres scored only once in the final three minutes.


Trailing by 7 points with 1:30 remaining, Carmel was forced to start fouling in the hopes of getting the ball back.


Sam Snowden committed three fouls in 30 seconds, and Brad Sendell converted 5 of 7 from the free throw stripe.


The Breakers padded their lead late in the game, contributing to the deceiving final score.


A major factor in Pacific Grove’s dominance over the final minutes was the rebounding of Zack Miller. Miller grabbed three of his rebounds in the final minute to help secure the Breaker victory. Two dunks from the Junior bookended the game and ignited the Pacific Grove faithful in attendance.


Another bright spot for the MTAL-leading Breakers was the consistent, hard-nosed play of Brad Sendell. Sendell came into the game averaging 16.4 points per game, and he added 24 tonight. Furthermore, the star Junior shot 80-percent from the free-throw line to pace the team.  Sendell also had 5 assists on the night.


Gaurav Gurung scored 8 points, and Chip Wagner


Carmel never led in the game, but Junior John Stivers did his best to keep the Padres in this one. Stivers scored 21 — two more than his 19-point season average — to lead Carmel.


Dylan Riley added 7 points for the Padres.


The win for the Breakers pushed their record to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in Mission Trail Athletic League play. Carmel moves to 10-3 on the season and 2-1 in MTAL play.
Pacific Grove will travel to Soledad on Friday to take on the 6-6 Aztecs. Soledad lost to Stevenson tonight, 59-50. David Medeiros leads the Aztecs in scoring, averaging 17 points per game.